Livestream Service: September 20, 2020

AT LAST we see God's chosen King, the man after God's own heart, receive his throne and his full kingdom! We see him conquer standing enemies and invading enemies; we see him receive from foreign kings the honor that is his due. Have you been waiting for the day David would finally receive these things? Do you long for the day when Jesus will finally and fully receive His kingdom that will never end? Join us in 2 Samuel 5 for the exaltation of the Shepherd-King.

Song lyrics are available here, and sermon notes (with study questions) are available here too.

Livestream Service: September 13, 2020

What do we say when someone goes too far … but for a cause we approve of? We grieve abortion, we want to rescue children and to help moms--but what do we do when someone bombs a clinic? We lament when injustices happen in our country, when innocent people are killed as vigilantes assume the worst--but what do we do when peaceful protests erupt with more violence? David shows us the way forward, even as Christ the Suffering Servant does: not to be overcome by evil, but to overcome evil with good. Thanks for joining us in 2 Samuel 4 this morning.

You can find song lyrics for this service here, as well as sermon notes and study questions here.

Livestream Service: September 6, 2020

"It was the best of times; it was the worst of times." The rollercoaster of life rushes us up so high with great hopes--and can suddenly dash them before us as well! How will David handle the highs and lows between Abner and Joab as he waits for God to fulfill His promise to him? And what methods are we willing to accept, or condemn, as we seek God's kingdom come and God's will be done, on earth as it is in heaven? Thanks for joining us as we walk through 2 Samuel 3:6-39 this Sunday!

Song lyrics are available here and on our media page. For both sermon notes and questions for reflection through the week, print off this page.

We had some trouble with the Internet and with the wind on Sunday, but here's what we were able to capture of Sunday's service! Thanks for joining in, even from afar …

Livestream Service: August 30, 2020

Every four years we face all the rhetoric and persuasion that our country can offer as we count down to November. When there's an opportunity for someone to take power, it leads people to do everything in their power to take it! As we read 2 Samuel 2, in the wake of Saul's death, how do the major players move forward––and what are the results? Thanks for joining us as we jump back into 2 Samuel, into David's ongoing story where we left off back in early March!

Song lyrics for this Sunday are here, and sermon notes (for both during the sermon AND follow-up questions for your week) are available here too.

Livestream Service: August 23, 2020

What does it mean to be a missionary? What's the driver for us: why would someone feel compelled to tell others about Jesus? Our guest preacher, visiting missionary Jim Panaggio, walks us through 2 Corinthians 5:10–21 to show what motivated Paul to proclaim the gospel--and why we should do the same.

Only the sermon was able to be recorded for this Sunday due to Internet issues at the church. Thank you for your understanding: we hope next week will turn out better!

Livestream Service: August 16, 2020

Before we return to the story of David in 2 Samuel, we're wrapping up our David's Life in Psalms series with Psalm 57. How does one keep faith in God from inside a cave? On the run, trying to care for others, with vicious enemies lying in wait and trying to find you … how is it that David's heart is so transformed that he prays from there, "Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let Your glory be over all the earth!"?

We'll be including song lyrics in our bulletins for this coming Sunday, but if you're joining us online for a livestream (Lord willing!), here are the words to the songs we plan to sing.

Livestream Service: August 9, 2020

Our service this Sunday was our annual Baptism Service (and Church Picnic) at LLBC! What a wonderful time to sing hymns together, to have another visiting missionary challenge us to keep training in the Christian life, to hear children tell us about the good news of the Gospel, to hear adults share their testimonies, and to finish with six public declarations of faith in Jesus Christ through baptism. It was a wonderful morning!

Since livestreaming couldn't happen yesterday out at LLBC, we're gathering some videos together for you here for you to catch what you may have missed earlier. Please be sure to reach out and encourage those who took this step of baptism! And continue to cheer them on as they follow Jesus each day!

Livestream Service: August 2, 2020

Our missionary series continues this Sunday! In addition to what we will be able to livestream, we also welcome you to join us in person for an update on our missionaries and how they are able to serve in the region God has called them to.

Thanks to Ruth H and her team for leading our music in the worship service this Sunday! You can find the song lyrics to sing along with the livestream right here.

Don't neglect to keep what you hear in your head and your heart as you go through the week! Download the sermon notes sheet to help recall what you heard and to help you put God's Word into practice through the rest of the week.

Livestream Service: July 26, 2020

To start off this season of welcoming back our missionaries, we get a word about our identity. Who are you? What defines you? When people boil down what you're made of, what can't they avoid? Our visiting missionary this week charges us to anchor our identity in being disciples of Jesus Christ. And if that's who we are, then that's how we'll live!

The song lyrics for this Sunday are right here.

Looking for a guide to help you write down what you've heard? Or to keep thinking about the message as you go through your week? Get a pen or pencil and print off this sermon notes guide to plant what you hear deeper in your heart and mind.

Livestream Service: July 19, 2020

This summer we've seen David hounded by Saul's bloodthirsty assassins in Psalm 59, caught in a no-win situation in Psalm 56, elated by his deliverance in Psalm 34, and vindicated against the treacherous Doeg in Psalm 52. But how could one's own kin turn David in? Those who were strangers but should have stood up for a brother in need––how does David handle betrayal by those who hardly even know him? Find out as we look at Psalm 54 together.

Song lyrics are right here – glad you're singing along with us!

Sermon notes are back! Note-taking helps us remember what we've heard, so fill up that first page while you listen to the sermon. Use the second page for personal application with a question each day, Monday through Saturday.

Livestream Service: July 12, 2020

How do you pray when the wicked are winning? How do you pray when evil men are getting their way by murdering the innocent and deceiving those in power? David pens Psalm 52 in response to Doeg the Edomite, whose actions left a city of defenseless priests dead. We need David's confidence in God that "their foot shall slide in due time" (Deut. 32:35), and that we are secure when we are planted and flourishing in the house of God.

Lift up your voice with us in singing during the service! The lyrics to our songs are right here.

Also: sermon notes are back! After taking notes on the message, the second page gives a question to think through and live out each day for the rest of the week.

Livestream Service: July 5, 2020

Last week, we saw David crying out to God to deliver him from enemies in Israel and enemies of Israel. This week is part two: David crying out to celebrate out loud God's amazing deliverance! Do we have a story of deliverance to tell? Are you ready to shout it out to those who will hear? Join us in Psalm 34 for a story of celebration, testimony, and instruction!

Looking for lyrics? Here you go.

Livestream Service: June 28, 2020

Kids get bullied at school. Men and women are abused by their spouses, physically, verbally, emotionally. Ladies get shunned by those who flock to gossip around them. When the fear descends … will we flee? Will we fight? Or will we turn to trust God? As David descends into one of the most fearful episodes of his life, we learn with David to cry out to God from the dark in Psalm 56 and trust Him back into His light.

Looking for song lyrics? Here you go!

Livestream Service: June 21, 2020

When we move from skimming the psalms and humming through them to meditating on them and letting them live in us, we're moved to a new conversation with God in our lives. God is ready to hear us when we are being hunted down without cause by people who don't care about Him––God is our Strength, our Fortress, and His steadfast love for us will never fail. May you be restored as you seek the Lord of hosts with us this morning in Psalm 59!

Looking for lyrics? Here you go!

We had some sound issues while we were recording during the service, so we captured the sermon on an iPhone. Glad you can join in with us:

Livestream Service: June 14, 2020

James wraps up a supremely practical letter for Christian living with instructions for anyone among you, in whatever situation: suffering, celebrating, sick, or straying. How are we living out an active conversation with God in every circumstance? Open up with us to James 5:13-20 as we talk with God through everything He sends our way in life.

Looking for lyrics? Got some right here for you.

Livestream Service: June 7, 2020

When we experience bullying, when we get overlooked for something we've worked hard for, whenever we know we've been slighted by someone who has the power to do right towards us but doesn't … it's so easy for us to launch into righteous anger, to retaliate, and to take power into our own hands. And patience? Patience gets thrown into our emotional trunk. But in James 5:7–11 we learn to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and others, with patience, waiting for the judgment of the Lord. In James 5:12 God commands us to be men and women of integrity with every word we speak. Thanks for joining us as we let God's Spirit transform our actions and reactions through His Word.

Need some lyrics sheets for the songs we'll be singing? Here they are!

Livestream Service: May 31, 2020

Isn't it wonderful that God saves sinners! Isn't it wonderful that God matters in what we do every day! Isn't it wonderful that God cares for those who are weak and powerless! … and isn't that what we need to show to the world around us by what we say and what we do?

Open your Bibles to James 4:11 – 5:7, as we turn away from those actions that tell a false story about God and proclaim instead that God saves, God matters, and God cares. You can also find song lyrics here for the start of the service!

Livestream Service: May 24, 2020

We often think lightly of our following our passions and our own desires, but James takes our halfheartedness to task––showing us how we have become adulteresses in our fights, quarrels, murders and coveting for the things WE want! Will God have us back? And depending on what He does next, how must you and I respond?

Open your Bibles to James 4:1-10 as we find hope in the jealousy and grace of God and humble ourselves before Him. You can also find song lyrics here for the start of the service!

Livestream Service: May 17, 2020

Today we walk through the rest of James 3: on wisdom that is from above, and so-called wisdom that's from below. And as our culture and its perspectives are increasingly polarized and vicious, what a witness we must be for Christ in bringing His wisdom––and the godly character that must go with it! You can find words to our songs here.

  • If you would be wise, you'll operate out of meekness––okay with being under the radar.
  • If you would be wise, you'll search your heart to rid yourself of bitter jealousy or selfish ambition.
  • If you would be wise, you'll desire the good fruit that comes out of wisdom.
  • If you would be wise, you'll have a harvest of righteousness for your end goal.

Livestream Service: May 10, 2020

Hope that you had a fantastic Mother's Day! Here's our service from May 10, as we sing together, pray together, and apply God's words to our lives together. Turn to James 3 as you join in on our time of worshiping God as the Carney Free family.

Looking for words to the songs for this morning? They're right here.

Livestream Service: May 3, 2020

Open up your Bibles to James 2:14-26 as we learn about grace and discipleship, faith and works––about what makes the difference between a corpse faith and a real, living, useful faith.

Looking for lyrics? Here you go!

Livestream Service: April 26, 2020

Glad that you could join us for our Sunday morning service on April 26! Break out the Bibles to James 2:1-13 where we examine favoritism in the church. Do we really prefer the rich? Do we even realize it when we do? How can we work on loving all our neighbors as ourselves? (We also go to 1 Corinthians 1:26-31, Matthew 25:31-46, and Micah 6:8 during the service.)

Looking for words to the songs? Here you go.

Livestream Service: April 19, 2020

A month in, and we're still going strong as a church, gathering together to worship the Lord, pray for one another, and attend to God's Word. Pull out your Bibles to James 1:19-27 as we receive, remain in and remember, and respond to what God has to say to us.

Livestream Good Friday: April 10, 2020

We had hoped to do this service from the cross under the Carney water tower, but in God's purposes it simply wasn't meant to be. But we still remember with such thankfulness when Jesus Christ died in our place to take away the sins of all who believe in Him. So glad that you can join us in worshiping God together in our Good Friday service.

Livestream Easter! April 12, 2020

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

It was good to worship together as the church on this best Sunday of the year, Easter Sunday––even while we were all spread apart in our homes. Thank you for gathering to worship. And if you're watching this video for the first time, we're so glad you can celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ with us!!

Livestream Service: April 5, 2020

Happy Palm Sunday to all! Here's our service from April 5. The message was from James 1:1-18, teaching us how to go through trials of various kinds. Announcements for the week ahead include:

  • Pastor Kit is collecting your pictures for Palm Sunday! Find a palm, put the camera in selfie mode, and share it with Pastor Kit to put up on our Facebook page. Let's celebrate together, even while we're apart!
  • Tuesday, April 7, is a day of prayer for the Forest Lakes District. Consider joining us in setting aside this day to seek the Lord during our current crisis.
  • Friday, April 10, is Good Friday! Pastor Kit will be sharing a livestream song service on Facebook from the cross by the water tower in Carney, starting at 6pm Central time. Lyrics will be available on our Media page.
  • Next Sunday is Easter Sunday! If you are able, please send your Easter videos to Pastor Kit so that we can abundantly share in our celebration of Jesus' resurrection with one another!

Livestream Service: March 29, 2020

Apologies to all for streaming the service on the Pastor's personal Facebook page rather than the church's! But thanks to some teamwork between Laura Strietzel and Troy Meissner, we got the stream shared back on the church's Facebook again. And, of course, it's now here.

Songs that We Sang

  • Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  • Come Lord Jesus (Even So Come)
  • I Will Wait for You (Psalm 130)
  • My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)

Scripture from the Message

  • Proverbs 27:1 – Do not boast about tomorrow …
  • Luke 12:19-21 – … so is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.
  • James 4:13-15 – "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that."
  • Revelation 20 – key passage on the thousand-year reign of Jesus on earth
  • 2 Peter 3:8 – … with the Lord one day is as a thousand years …
  • Matthew 24:30 – … they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
  • Matthew 25:31 – When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne …
  • Philippians 3:20-21 – the Lord Jesus Christ … will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body …
  • Colossians 3:4 – When Christ … appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
  • 1 Peter 4:13 – … rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.

Livestream Service: March 22, 2020

Here's our worship service from Sunday morning, March 22, 2020.

Facebook Livestream

Livestream Service: March 15, 2020

Here's our last in-person gathering for worship before COVID-19 precautions went into fuller effect. We praise God to worship together in person and online--together!

Facebook Livestream